SSH stands for secure shell. You can remotely connect to the raspberry pi terminal with an SSH client. A popular ssh client is Putty for Windows. The ssh command can be used on macOS and GNU/Linux
NOTE Your Raspberry Pi needs to be connected to the same network (either via Ethernet or Wifi Dongle) as the computer you are accessing it from.
Note: Starting with RetroPie 4.2, in order to keep the default image secure, SSH is disabled by default. It can be enabled in either of the two ways listed below.
1) Pre-boot. From a system with an SD-card reader, access the /boot/ directory and create an empty file called
2) In raspi-config: after booting.
interfacing options >> SSH >> Enable >> reboot your pi
For more information on why SSH was disabled see HERE
When using BerryBoot
When using RetroPie with BerryBoot you cannot use
raspi-config. There is a workaround to enable SSH:
Boot to RetroPie (via BerryBoot)
Enter shell by pressing Ctrl + F4
sudo touch ssh
sudo reboot now
When you first start putty you can sign in with the following credentials:
You can also use your raspberry pi's ip address instead of
See here if you wish to log in as root.
Common Terminal Commands:
sudo shutdown -h now
list Files in Current Directory
Retropie Setup Script:
Edit Files with Nano:
sudo nano /path/to/file.txt
Change owner to Pi:
sudo chown pi:pi filetobechanged
Change owner of folder and all files in folder to Pi:
sudo chown -R pi:pi /folder/to/be/changed
Make shell script executable:
sudo chmod +x yourshellscript.sh
If you find that you are getting weird characters on the dialog gui for the RetroPie Setup script you can change the font encoding to make it look pretty again.